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Feature Film

Mohsen Makhmalbaf


85 minutes

Written by:
Mohsen Makhmalbaf

In Farsi and English with optional English or French subtitles
    Winner! — Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

"Two Thumbs Up!" —Ebert & Roeper

"You won't forget this film, it's devastating!" —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Only 1 DVD copy available for sale! This film is currently out-of-print.

Kandahar is an epic tale of hope and courage, inspired by the true story of a woman's attempt to enter Afghanistan.

Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist. returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister. Overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's systemic oppression of women, she has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away.

Clothed in the tradtional head-to-toe burka, and posing as a subservient wife, Nafas' odyssey takes her across a dramatic desert landscape, where she encounters bandits, corpse-robbers, marooned exiles, overwhelmed Red Cross workers, hordes of land-mine victims and finally a wedding procession that brings her within eyeshot of Kandahar.

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